I enjoy random Thursday morning errand runs, especially the ones where Kelli gives me a few items to pick up from the store. My trip today happened to consist of two:
Toothpaste and cat food.
Not an extensive list, but definitely important. We love our cats and we like to brush our teeth. So you could say I was put on a very important mission!
So as I walked into the local health food store at 8 am, I found myself to be one of three customers. The best time to be at the grocery store!
When I strutted up to the checkout line with my desert essence toothpaste and grain free cat food, a magazine title caught my eye. It mentions the top foods for optimal health and I was immediately intrigued..
As I read through the different foods I was inspired to condense the information and bring a simpler version with my own spin..
Optimum is defined as “the most favorable conditions or level for growth, reproduction, or success.”
So just like in a previous post, I talk about how health is based on the ultimate harmony of the systems in the body working together.
In the article the author states these foods as “superior in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other protective compounds – and may even offer protection against a wide range of conditions including cardiovascular disease and cancer.”
So without further ado, here are the top 11 foods for optimum health (in no particular order)
- Spinach: Green – leafy – vegetable. If those three words don’t give this superfood clout, nothing else will. Packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients like zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium. My favorite green for juicing.
- Black Beans: High in protein and fiber. Solid source of plant-based nutrients and because of the high fiber count black beans are an incredible boost for healthy digestion.
- Broccoli: Monster! One of the cruciferous vegetables. It has twice the Vitamin C of an Orange and almost as much calcium as milk. Bottom line: Eat Broccoli!
- Garlic & Onions: I cut up fresh garlic and onions for almost all of my main dishes. Both are anti-inflammatory and contains a compound called “allicin” that helps the body fight off sicknesses and cancer.
- Tofu: High in plant-based protein. 0 cholesterol, Gluten-Free, low calories and will help reduce risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
- Sweet Potatoes: Full of anti-oxidants and fiber. High in beta-carotene and boosts immunity. Delicious roasted with Olive Oil and spices!
- Olive-Oil: Much healthier cooking alternative to vegetable oils and butter. Packed with anti oxidants and is anti-inflammatory. Heart healthy.
- Blueberries: I eat them fresh and frozen in my morning oatmeal and juices or smoothies! Anti-oxidants galore and delicious.
- Walnuts: Much is spoken about the health benefits of almonds but walnuts are forgotten about. High in Vitamin E which promotes skin health and contains healthy fats.
- Apples: An apple a day…. you know the saying. It’s a cliche, but it still holds true. Obviously eat organic because the skin contains many of the health benefits. I never skip a day without a delicious apple, full of taste and energy.
Now again, this is my own condensed list. I am aware that there are many other foods very conducive to health, but Kelli and I consume these foods almost daily so we have hands-on experience with their magnificent health benefits.
A favorite quote of mine is, “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” That reigns true at least in my experience. Three years ago I decided to make a much needed change in my eating patterns and overall lifestyle and the results have been unbelievable!
I committed to a healthy nutrition program with a coach that included meal plans, correct supplementation and an active fitness program. Compared to then, I feel incredibly vibrant alive and see the world from such a more positive viewpoint because my energy levels are sky high!
And to top it all off, the best part is I was offered the opportunity myself to be a coach and implement the same strategies and help others achieve these same type of results. I’ve been amazed these last few years at the amount of people Kelli and I have been able to assist in reaching their health goals. We are truly grateful!